Oklahoma State wrapped up the third week of spring football with a major scrimmage that saw a few more offensive highlights than defensive. A lot of work for the second team in the scrimmage. There were also a good number of recruiting prospects watching on Friday.
Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy had two messages for his football team after their ninth practice of the spring, which was actually the first major scrimmage of the springtime for the Pokes. He told his team that his workout the other day shared with former Oklahoma State wrestler and UFC fighting champion Johny Hendricks was also a fact finding exercise where he learned from Hendricks that he is able to stay competitive in the UFC arena because he convinces himself every morning when he gets out of bed, that he is more tough than his competition. That is something the Cowboys can use. His other message besides take care of yourself, your academics, and each other, all standard messages was that their effort and performance in the Friday scrimmage would leave their head coach smiling on his trip to watch his youngest son play baseball this weekend.
The close to an hour and a half scrimmage was primarily highlighted by the offense, but the defense had it's moments. It was a mixture of ones-versus-ones, twos-versus -twos, threes-versus-threes, and a lot of ones-versus-twos.
"We had a good scrimmage, we got a lot of work, about 90-plays," Gundy said when it was over. "The twos got the majority, they got two to one over the ones, which is what we want.
Quarterback Mason Rudolph, as advertised, did not get as many reps but he did guide the first offense down the field on the first possession. Jeff Carr made a nice run to set the offense up in the red zone, Rudolph hit James Washington on a pass play and then a play or two later scored on a quarterback keeper.
The longest pass completion of the scrimmage came on the first possession by the second team offense as red-shirt freshman quarterback Keondre Wudtee out of Bossier City (Parkway), La., found LSU transfer wide receiver Tyron Johnson for a touchdown. Johnson got a step on the defender made a tough catch and fought free to run into the end zone. It would be a productive day for Johnson, who had to sit out and played on the scout team last fall after arriving from LSU. The New Orleans (Warren Easton Charter), La., product had to be eager to show how he could make plays in this situation and he did. He had several impressive catches in the scrimmage, some over the middle and also caught another scoring pass from Taylor Cornelius later in the scrimmage.
"The guys that we expected to make plays, made plays," Gundy added. "I was impressed with Tyron Johnson the wide receiver. I hope he's a good one (player). He's tough and when we start keeping score he makes plays. He's tough. He hasn't shied away from collisions and that is what it takes to play his position.
"Mason (Rudolph) played well. Tre Flowers made some plays on defense, Jarrell Owens made some plays and I thought our PAT/field goal was good," Gundy continued. "We kicked the ball well with Ammendola the walk-on kicker."
Johnson had a hand in the defense's favorite play in the scrimmage as he tipped a pass from Wudtee that was a very tough catch and safety Tre Flowers was there on the spot to make the interception and about a 20-yard return before the whistle blew.
Wudtee also was involved in another score as he had a run for a touchdown.
Running backs Jeff Carr, L.D. Brown, and Ja'Ron Wilson all had significant carries and did a good job, Brown was especially elusive at times. The offensive line allowed a few sacks, primarily the second offensive line, but overall, the blocking was solid. Two Cowboy backs in Keenen Brown and Britton Abbott could be seen making solid blocks. Another highlight on the day on offense in the running game was a run downfield by true freshman quarterback Jelani Woods that featured the 6-7, 250 pound Woods making a move to fake out a defender.
"I thought our offensive line played pretty good today," Gundy said. "We have some young guys in there like Dylan Galloway. Junior (Galea'i) is getting some work. I thought Ja'Ron Wilson made some plays at the running back spot. I really thought all the quarterbacks played well. Wudtee made some plays, Jelani (Woods) made some plays and I thought Taylor (Cornelius) played well. Offense kind of had their way today and on Wednesday the defense kind of had their way, so today more offensive guys showed up in the scrimmage."
Former quarterback Brandon Weeden, still with the Houston Texans of the NFL was there with his three-year-old son Cooper and his wife, Melanie, said in eyeballing Woods that he is Cam Newton size. Weeden said he was really impressed with the quarterback play and the receiver corps on the field for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys have the weekend off and then get back at it on Monday for practice #10 of the 15 practices allotted in the spring. The final practice will be the Orange-White spring game inside Boone PIckens Stadium on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m.
It was crowded on the sidelines with prospects and parents as Tuttle offensive lineman and Oklahoma State 2018 verbal commitment Hunter Anthony was there with his parents. Anthony seems bigger every time we see him. Anthony was 6-7, 320 at Nike's The Opening Regional in Frisco, Texas a few weeks ago. He was dressed in an Oklahoma State polo shirt today.
Among the other prospects there to watch the scrimmage was one of the top quarterbacks in the recruiting class of 2019 as Grant Gunnell of Houston (St. Pius X), Texas was there and at 6-5, 203 pounds he is really standout looking athlete as he fits in with the Cowboys quarterbacks in the size department. Last season as a sophomore starter for the Panthers Gunnell completed 271-of-387 passes for 4,970-yards with 71 touchdown passes to just 11 interceptions. He also ran the ball 55 times for 373-yards and five scores.
Gunnell already has offers from Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Florida State, LSU, and Nebraska, which seem to be listed as a sort of top five. There are also offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Houston, Indiana, Louisville, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, Northwestern, Oregon, Pittsburgh, SMU, TCU, and UCLA.
The 2018 prospects in the current class working toward signing day included Hunter Woodard, an offensive lineman from Tuscola, Illinois, and Reese Moore, an offensive lineman from Seminole, Texas.
Moore is 6-6, 265 and was a 1st team All-District tight end last season. He has offers from Baylor, Kansas, Missouri, Northwestern, Oklahoma, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas Tech, Central Florida, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Washington State among others. Oklahoma State has offered and like many are likely looking at him moving inside to offensive tackle.
Woodard is a 6-5, 285 pound line prospect that plays both ways in high school.
Other 2019 prospects at the Cowboys scrimmage on Friday included Collinsville, Okla. tight end and defensive end Grayson Boomer; defensive tackle Gerald Irons III of Klein Oak in the Houston area; Jalen Curry, a wide receiver from Stafford, Texas; and McKade Mettauer, an offensive lineman from The Woodlands, also a suburb of Houston.
Mettauer is 6-4, 305 pounds and is being recruited by the likes of Oklahoma State, Texas, and Texas A&M.
Curry is a 6-4, 200 pound athlete that is really impressive looking. He had 22 receptions for 447-yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore. He has already garnered scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Auburn, Florida State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Arizona State, Baylor, Georgia, Iowa State, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, SMU, Texas Tech, and West Virginia.
Irons III is the son and grandson of NFL Players and at 5-11, 253 pounds is a leverage guys inside. He has an offer from Oklahoma State just this week.
Finally, Boomer was impressive last summer at Oklahoma State camp and was a standout for Collinsville playing alongside his older brother that will be a freshman quarterback at Tulsa. The 6-5, 230 pound Boomer has offers from Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Nebraska, and Tulsa.